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The Best Mezcals For $40 Or Less

Liquor.com | Posted 12.19.2014 | Taste
Liquor.com

Get those glasses ready.

The Seven Financially Fatal Sins We All Made This Year (And How To Atone)

Posted 12.22.2014 | Money

The end of every year spawns a good amount of reflection on our actions, for better or for worse, that impacted our personal lives and finances over t...

Here's What People Actually Spend On Their Significant Other's Holiday Gifts

Posted 12.22.2014 | Money

So you’ve finally managed to convince someone to spend significant amounts of time with you during the holidays -- congratulations! -- but now comes...

6 Ways Not To Get Carried Away With Holiday Gift-Giving (Without Being A Grinch)

Posted 12.22.2014 | Money

As much as we love the holidays, looking at our bank accounts after they’re over usually has us quoting that other Christmas villain, “...bah, hum...

4 Reasons Why You Are Still Broke

Kara Stevens | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

As women destined for greatness, we have to manage our finances in a way that empowers our lives, brings us joy, and enriches our souls. The first step on this journey to greatness begins with self-reflection and a decision to no longer be broke.

Congress Lit the Fuse to the Next Financial Disaster

Richard Zombeck | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

Last week, a massive, steaming heap of a bill made up of what amounts to nearly a year's worth of legislation, along with other garbage in the form of riders that were too noxious to pass on their own, was jammed through Congress under the guise of keeping the government open.

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Negotiators from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are in Washington this week for a new round of talks which they hope will lead them closer to agreement on the trade deal. President Obama has called passage of TPP a "high priority."

The Policy Challenge of the New Age

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Too many of our political leaders remain wedded to obsolete ideologies and anxieties, caught up on partisan gamesmanship, oblivious to the new reality bearing down on us. There should be only one goal -- to make the new technologies work effectively for everyone, not just a few at the top.

Colombia's twin deficits

Felipe Ángel | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Felipe Ángel

Geared towards what seems to be an uncertain landscape for the country, Colombia continues to prove to be a fragile economy, with serious structural complications in its core and what some may classify as an irresponsible fiscal policy.

Who You Callin' Massive? The 'CRomnibus' Actually Cuts Discretionary Spending to Historic Lows as Share of GDP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

True, the CRomnibus, the nickname of the bill to fund the federal government through next September, runs to over 1,600 pages. But I suspect most readers will associate the "m" word with massive amounts of government spending, and that's just plain wrong.

The Budget Fight Was the First Skirmish in the War for the Soul of the Democratic Party

Richard Kirsch | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

For the next two years we will see Republicans do everything they can to deliver for corporate America at the expense of the American people. The only question is whether Democrats will enable them. Will President Obama continue to make compromise after compromise?

IRS Funding Cuts Likely Mean More Tax-Credit Errors

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Errors in the CTC and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) -- another working-family tax credit -- need to be reduced (as do errors related to small businesses and various other groups of tax filers). But the debate around this issue often is misleading and ignores three significant points.

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

Dana Liebelson

Spending Bill Measure Could Give States Millions In Extra Dollars To Teach That Premarital Sex is Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The spending package unveiled by Congress this week includes a new measure that allows states to get more federal funding -- potentially totaling mill...

5 Ways You're Blowing Your Wedding Budget Without Even Realizing It

BRIDES | Posted 12.09.2014 | Weddings
BRIDES

While you may know the basics to sticking within your budget -- not overdoing it with over-the-top florals or spending 40 percent of your total budget on a dress, for example -- there are some less obvious ways that you may be racking up costs without even realizing it.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Kick the 10 Bad Habits of the Chronically Indebted

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.05.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

Do you deny yourself even small treats to try and balance your unsustainable budget, which is often supplemented from a credit card or by siphoning off home equity? Did you know that all of these are signs of being chronically indebted?

4 Ways to Save on Electronics This Holiday Season

SALT | Posted 12.04.2014 | Money
SALT

Holiday prep, whether it's buying gifts, trimming the tree, or preparing the feast, requires planning and some serious budgeting. It's typically the most expensive season for Americans, and one category that can quickly derail a budget is consumer electronics.

5 Ways A Holiday Savings Account Can Help Save Your Budget

LearnVest | Posted 12.04.2014 | Money
LearnVest

Sure enough, the season of financial temptations is right around the corner, which means it's prime time to figure out whether your budget is prepped to weather the upcoming spending storm.

Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.

Jumping On The Cromnibus

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...

Unexpected Resource for Personal Finance Tools

Jim Gibson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

Who would have thought it? Would you believe there is set of financial tools and resources out there just waiting for you to stop by and give them a spin?

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

Déjà Rule: The Health Damaging Consequences of Reinstating the Global Gag Rule in 2015

Jennifer Sherwood | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Jennifer Sherwood

We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.